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Very enlightening look at bi-raciality

  • Jul 7, 1998
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I read this book about 3 years ago and think it is a very good look at what bi-racial African/Americans go through. At first, I didn't understand the turmoil and angst one goes through who is bi-racial. The bir-racial people I always knew classified themselves as black and most of them did not appear to have a problem with that. Most of them had white mothers who raised them but they didn't consider themselves as denying their white heritage. Society including blacks see them as being black because it is so hard sometimes in distinguishing a bi-racial from a black person with two black parents. Oftentimes a full-blooded black looks more white than a bi-racial. Also a lot of it is all you have been raised, how the parents involved feel about race. Anyway the author does thorough interviews regarding this issue.

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As we prepare to enter a new millenium, for the United States race remainstheissue, woven into the fabric of almost every American life. Yet few Americans confront the ambiguities of race as regularly as those of biracial descent. InBlack, White, Otherjournalist Lise Funderburg questions 46 biracial Americans about family and love, work and religion, and the mythology surrounding the "tragic mulatto." Her book reveals a great deal about life on both sides of the color line--and exposes just how artificial, how socially constructed, our concept of race is to begin with.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0688143474
ISBN-13: 978-0688143473
Author: Lise Funderburg
Publisher: Harper Perennial

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